I completed my Spanish tree
I have been using Duolingo to bolster my Spanish studies for awhile now. I would stop by for a couple weeks, complete a skill, test out of another one, and then not log back in for a month or so while I focused on other learning projects. About a month ago I decided to keep logging in every day until I finished my tree, and just a few moments ago I completed my last skill.
My current level is somewhere in the intermediate range. I read fairly easy books in Spanish (a few months ago I finished up a trashy detective novel by Michael Connelly in Spanish), I have used it for travel purposes when I took a trip to Costa Rica a few years ago, and I push my limits when I go to Spanish speaking happy hours. I was hoping for the end of the Duolingo tree to challenge me and teach me some new things, but what happened was that I breezed right through it without much hassle. The vast majority of the time I did not use the hover option to see what the "new" word was because I already knew it. I was also a little sad to see that the skills for my weak areas (i.e. the subjunctive and conditional) were light on lessons.<pre>
Even though my primary learning materials were other sources I still had a lot of fun using Duolingo to get some extra practice. I plan to work on my German tree now and hopefully some day I will have a second completed tree and another language to use to communicate, travel, and have fun with.</pre>
I feel you will benefit more from the immersion sections (regular as well as reverse).
I just started up with the immersion section. Nothing like improving my Spanish by translating an artile on Chewbacca. :D
Have you tried https://www.verbling.com/i/cat1 yet? It was the thing that, after a year on DuoLingo, helped me move from being able to read/write Spanish, to actually speaking and understanding! They have privates, with native teachers around the world (I study with a man in Ecuador, since that is where I am moving), and small group classes (from beginner to very advanced) for a buck or two an hour. Plus, your first week of unlimited classes is free!
I have not tried that site just yet. I have no shortage of native speakers in my life, though. I go to a Spanish happy hour twice a month that has folks from all over South America and Mexico. I work with a few ladies from Mexico, and I also chat with a guy from Mexico at the weekly Spanish practice group that I go to.
Enjoy your trip to Ecuador. I hear it is a wonderful place to travel to. Just don't have any Twitter battles with the president (Google "Crudo Ecuador" if you don't know what I am talking about).
Thanks, but to clarify, it's not just a, "trip to Ecuador...to travel." I'm moving there. Like forever. I'm well aware of what our president is up to - a lot of great stuff...sprinkled with a healthy helping of immaturity. Here's his latest bit of tomfoolery: http://fusion.net/story/131597/ecuadors-president-stops-motorcade-to-bully-finger-flipping-teen They don't say men's egos are stronger than women's for no reason!
I misunderstood. Well then, best of luck in your adopted country. I imagine your Spanish will completely take off since you'll be living with it from here on out.
Gracias. Veo que estás estudiando alemán también. Suerte con tus estudios.
How can you use the Duobird as your image of profile? I want to have this as well!
Once I completed my tree I used the Sniping Tool program to take a screen shot of the golden Duo trophy and then I saved it as my profile picture.